Saturday, June 15, 2013
The same day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives to start her new life in London, a woman is brutally murdered mere blocks from Rory's new boarding school - and in the copycat style of Jack the Ripper's first murder. Rory tries not to pay too much attention to the murders, disturbing as they are. She is excited about living in London, meeting new people, and trying to figure out exactly why she agreed to play on the field hockey team.
But the murders continue to happen, and the media frenzy surrounding them soon has everyone in London caught up in the horrible events. When Rory believes she has seen the man responsible, she gets caught up in them too - and in a terrifying, unexpected way.
Part murder mystery, part ghost story, this creepy, gripping tale gets under the reader's skin and won't let go until the very end. The setting is an evocative backdrop, and Rory is a likable teen whose strong narrative voice carries the reader through the events of the story. While the book ends in a satisfying conclusion, there are enough unexplored areas that readers will be pleased to learn that a sequel, The Madness Underneath, has already been published. My fourteen-year-old daughter read and enjoyed this one, and I expect I won't get to the second book until she finishes it first.
Books in the Shades of London series:
1. The Name of the Star
2. The Madness Underneath
The Name of the Star (#1 in the Shades of London series) by Maureen Johnson (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011)
Also by Maureen Johnson:
Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes